Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Enjoying every step of it!

We've all heard the old saying "you don't know what you've got until its gone." For me, when training is going good I generally take for granted what I'm capable of. This last week though, I got that horrible taste of injury. Running was gone and I missed it!

Maybe I'll shut up about enjoying running again sometime in the next week or so, but I'm still loving every step of it!

This morning was 7 miles, two miles of which was on a pretty hilly stretch. All in all I averaged a little under 7 minute miles, but tended to speed up throughout the run. My ankle felt as good as before I twisted it, so I'm definitely back now. Jim kept telling me where the bad stretches of road were (read: pot holes), and a few people kept asking me about my ankle during the run, so every time I would start paying attention and ask:

Brain: "So, ankle, how ya doin'?!"
Brain: "Yessssss!" *fist pump* (think: Napoleon Dynamite)

Afterwards it felt completely normal, too, which is great since this was my first hard run since spraining it. Mentally I feel a lot better this week too, because without my endorphins I just get to feeling blah! I am an endorphiend, after all!

Current game plan: Recovery run tomorrow (AFTER my morning class, you know, when I can see the pot holes), Yasso 800's Thursday, 24 miles Saturday. Sunday is still up in the air, I want to run 10 miles, but due to my unscheduled run yesterday it would put me at a whooping 62 miles this week, and that could be begging for injury.

Happy running!



Stuart said...

Good news on the ankle, but as you allude to, don't over do it. Keep it real and stick to the plan.

Jes said...

I am so very happy for you! Your excitement about running motivates me. Thank you!